Ethel Louise Miller, age 98, of West Amana, passed away July 13, 2019, at Rose Haven Nursing Home, in Marengo. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana, with Elder Andrea Haldy officiating. Burial will be in the West Amana Cemetery, West Amana. Visitation: 9:00 a.m., until service time, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the Middle Amana Church, Middle Amana. Memorials may be contributed to the Amana Church Society or Essence of Life Hospice, in Amana. Kloster Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ethel is survived by a daughter-in-law Ellen Miller, of West Amana; a brother Harvey Oehler, of Middle Amana; and a sister-in-law Elsie Oehler, Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Louise Oehler, her husband George in 1997, a son Gary in 2017, a sister Lucille (Leo) Harbur and two brothers Orville (Helen Louise), and William Oehler.
Ethel Oehler was born September 23, 1920 in Williamsburg, the daughter of Otto and Louise (Bretschneider) Oehler. She graduated from Middle Amana High School in 1938. Ethel married George K. Miller on October 15, 1938 at the West Amana Church. Ethel worked as a secretary at the Main Amana office and was Postmaster at West Amana from 1956-1982. She was a member of the Amana Church and Postmasters National Association. Ethel loved being outdoors and tending to her large garden. She enjoyed canning, cooking and baking pies from her apple tree. She was also famous for her Christmas pretzels.